A View from the Pew: Resetting Your Defaults

During a recent commute home from a work, a friend called to check in. Our typically wide-ranging conversations landed on church, and he asked me directly why I feel such an obligation to attend every week. I pointed out that I did miss a Sunday in July when the family went on vacation, but otherwise my family is there every time the door opens.

A View from the Pew: Taking the Summer Off

Every church has that section of the newsletter where it publishes its monthly “vital statistics:” Sunday school attendance, corporate worship attendance, and giving and budget needs. You don’t have to read the vital statistics to recognize the precipitous drop in attendance when summer arrives.

A View from the Pew: Don’t Blame the Weather

One of my favorite old weather-related church jokes goes something like this: “It was raining today, so of course many of the Baptists stayed home. If there’s one thing Baptists can’t stand, it’s a sprinkling.” This time of year we usually confront several bouts of severe weather as the season changes from winter to spring, and if we’re not careful, our church attendance can be affected.

A View from the Pew: The Problem with Wednesdays

I’ve got a Wednesday night church attendance track record that rivals the Apostle Paul’s Pharisee credentials….
But now, for the first time in my life, I’m an erratic Wednesday night church attender.

People Go Where They Know

As a teacher (regardless of the age group we teach), one task is to communicate to those who come each week that we are prepared for them.

The Decline of the American Church, Boy Meets World, & Me

People can slice statistics any way they want to (and already have), but the short of it is this: While Christianity still remains the majority religion in the U.S., it is on the decline.

A View from the Pew: Summertime Blues

It’s easy to see it from the pastor’s perspective: you visit the sick, you counsel the anxious, and you show up on Sunday with a heart and mind overflowing. But when you reach your seat on the platform and look out at the smaller-than-normal congregation during the prelude, you question your calling.